Beet and Red Cabbage Salad with Lentils and Blue Cheese

Malin Elmlid's friend Emma Jessen Krut contributed this salad to the potluck; it's hearty enough to stand alone as a main course. Because there are so many ingredients, including bacon, lentils and cabbage, she dresses it very simply with lemon juice and olive oil.


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  • Servings: 8 to 10

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  • 1/2 cup French green lentils
  • Salt
  • 4 ounces thickly sliced bacon, cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds vacuum-packed beets, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 pound red cabbage, cut into 1/2-by-2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound green-leaf lettuce, torn into large pieces
  • 1/4 pound blue cheese, such as Roquefort, crumbled (about 1 cup)

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small pot, cover the lentils with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and simmer the lentils over moderate heat until they are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain the lentils, rinse with cold water and then drain again.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the beets, parsley and lentils with one-third of the dressing. Add the cabbage, lettuce and the remaining dressing and toss gently. Season the salad with salt and pepper, top with the bacon and blue cheese and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Ailine Liefeld Published November 2011

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